Robert Graves’ I, Claudius is my newest audio book selection. The same narrator as in Green¡¯s The Third Man read it. As his heavy British accented voice filled my car, reciting Roman history in that conversation style, it was like listening to Grandpa telling family stories by the dinner table or on the porch in a summer night, under the brilliant stars of Milky Way, recounting the deeds of great men and evil scheme of generals, senators, mothers, sons, tutors, gods¡
So far I¡¯m amazed at the similarity between ancient Roman courts and ancient Chinese courts. Especially in terms of treachery, plots of ambitious men and women, and their strong faith in omens and prophesies. However, the one main difference lies in the Roman ideal of a Republic and their misgivings toward Empire and tyranny, their firm belief in liberty and equality among all Romans, those, as far as I remember, never seemed to have crossed the minds of Chinese ruling class. I wonder why.